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Newsletter | Holiday 2021

Hi Friend,

Can you believe that 2022 is right around the corner? (It feels like we’re still trying to figure out how to get through 2020!) Yet, with all the continued upheaval and uncertainty in the world, we are delighted to report that we are still finding new and fun ways to help people.

We’re back to packing meals! We’re certainly not back at full strength, but several groups have stepped up to help us help our local food shelves with healthy and delicious meals. We even developed a new packing program designed specifically for small groups. We call it the Party Pack. Check it out here.

And our Food Box Program continues to grow beyond expectations. In fact, this holiday season, we teamed up with Beyond The Yellow Ribbon And Building Healthy Military Communities to provide over 1,100 Holiday Food Bags to military families and veterans throughout Minnesota. This great partnership brought our total of food boxes and bags delivered this year to 2,200 – that's 61,000 pounds of food for our neighbors in need. We're already planning on delivering even more next year.

In short, we zigged when 2021 zagged, and now we’re really looking forward to a great 2022. Thanks to everyone who hung with us this year.

Ten Years Of Packing Meals With LuHi!

Wow- a whole decade of packing meals with Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School. 836 LUHI volunteers and community members packed 23,700 pounds of food and a total of 197,208 meals! The meals were donated to Island Harvest, Council of Churches, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and a number of church-run pantries in the area. This is one of those incredible events that we look forward to all year! Great job, LuHi! See more.

Holiday Food Bags Make The Season Brighter For Military Families And Vets.

As prices increase at the grocery stores, many families, including our military families, have a difficult time stretching their food budgets. This holiday season Meals From The Heart worked with two great military organizations to help active-duty military families and veterans enjoy traditional holiday meals. With a slight modification to the Meals From The Heart FOOD BOX program, volunteers filled over 1,100 grocery bags loaded with traditional holiday and seasonal food items to distribute to military families. Read the whole story.

Meet New Board Member, Hubert Ngabirano.

Originally from Burundi (Eastern Central Africa), Hubert moved to Minnesota in 2015 for college. He works in Real Estate Management at Ryan Companies. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2018 with a bachelor’s in Political Science, he worked at Treehouse for two years as a youth mentor in various Twin Cities suburbs. In August 2021, he received his MBA from the University of Northwestern. Oh, and he also got hitched last summer to his amazing wife, Kathryn! Check out all of our board members.

Donations Are A Real Game Changer For Families In Need.

Every day, households make tough choices about paying for food, a safe place to live, medical expenses, not to mention everyday living expenses. Today’s uncertain times put an even greater strain on these families. Our staff and volunteers meet many individuals who receive our meals and food boxes. We directly feel their anxiety and experience their profound gratitude. We also see their hope and optimism that tomorrow will be a better day. Donate today.

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